New York State Invasive Species Council releases classification plan

The New York State Invasive Species Council submitted its final report to Governor David A. Paterson and the state legislature on July 6, 2010. The report, titled A Regulatory System for Non-Native Species, recommends giving the council authority to develop regulations for a new process that will prevent the importation and/or release of non-native invasive species in New York’s waterways, forests, and farmlands

The new assessment process would allow the state to categorize invasive species such as zebra mussels, Sirex Wood Wasps and Eurasian Milfoil  as “prohibited,” “regulated” or “unregulated.”  As a result of this classification system, regulatory control where necessary, would help restrict movement of potentially harmful plants and animals.

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